Although he ended up losing the series two-one against world champion Springboks in South Africa, after losing the 30-14 test decider in Cape Town on Saturday, Wales are pleased with the progress made over the past few months.
However, they performed superbly against South Africa in the three Test series, simply losing the first game before taking the second game victory to take the series to a turning point that not many people could have predicted.
“There will always be a little bit of disappointment with how the series ended. But I think, if you look at the tour as a whole, we succeeded,” explained Captain Dan Biggar.
To win (in South Africa) no Welsh team has ever done that, so that’s a huge tick. I think we were unlucky that we didn’t win the first test and then won the second one.
“So overall I think it was a really positive tour. Where we came from at the end of Six Nations, I don’t think anyone would have predicted how the tour would go in that sense.”
Biggar continued: “So we’re disappointed that we didn’t get a series win because we felt like it was the right time to take this week, but we’re a bit behind at the end of a long season.
“But we said that these are the standards we have set for ourselves now, as opposed to where we backtracked a bit towards the end of Six Nations. So it’s important that we don’t slip away from it.”
Coach Wayne Pivak also echoed Biggar’s sentiments, acknowledging disappointment with the final result but pleased with the positive steps taken on a very difficult tour.
“We are a bit disappointed with the score at the end. But we are certainly not disappointed with the efforts that have been made over the past six weeks, in general I was pleased with the tour itself, ”said Pivak.
“We came here with the goal of trying to win the series and we took it seriously, it was not just talk. The players have worked very well together and worked well on this tour, so we will take a lot of positive things out of it.
“We are delighted to have received word of the first test win (in South Africa) last week. But there have certainly been some big moments this week where the pressure South Africa has been putting on us has paid dividends for them.”